Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon's suspension for making a lewd gesture towards Philadelphia fans ended following Sunday's loss to the Athletics. The Phillies began in South Florida with a three-game series against the Miami Marlins before returning home for the final three games of their season.
The Philadelphia Daily News' Ryan Lawrence asked Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. if he planned to hold his closer out of the final three games in Philadelphia. Amaro was straightforward in his answer.
"He will have served his time," Amaro told Lawrence. "He was given a very legitimate and very appropriate punishment for his actions. We are in total support of it, I was in total support of it and I think MLB and the commissioner's office did the exact right thing. He's done his time, and now it's time for him to pitch."
The idea to have him sit out this weekend never occurred to me but, looking at it closer, it might not be a bad thing from a public relations standpoint. It would allow fans the entire offseason to cool off if Papelbon doesn't pitch this weekend. Not to mention it would help keep Papelbon's games finished down thus helping to keep his 2016 option from vesting.
Papelbon, 33, is having one of the best seasons of his career posting a 2-3 record with a 2.10 ERA and a 0.90 WHIP with 37 saves in 64 games this season for the Phillies. In three seasons in Philadelphia, he is 12-10 with a 2.48 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP with 104 saves in 195 games.
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